Lismore is a brilliant place for a day-trip. It’s got it all. A lovely little ferry to the island from Port Appin, then some great wee roads for cycling on, beaches, walks and a little community cafe.
It was also the site, in 562AD, of a race between St Columba and St Moulag. St Moulag won in the end by cutting off his finger and throwing it onto the shore. He established a monastery on the island and it became a centre of Celtic Christianity.
If you want to find out more about the history of the island there is beautiful, wood and turf-roofed heritage centre built in 2007 with a library and cafe. On the same site is a fully restored Cottar’s cottage. The island may be small but it boasts the remains of a broch, two castles and a cathedral.
If its cycling you want to do Lismore Bike Hire will deliver anywhere on the island 01631 760 213 or send an email. Alternatively you can hire bikes before you get on the ferry from Port Appin Bike Hire 01631 730 391
There is some great walking on Lismore, the WalkHighland website is a good guide and lists a few excellent routes.
You can stop at the Lismore Cafe at the Heritage Centre for refreshment during the trip or pop into the Pierhouse Hotel for something a bit special at the end of the day (I heartily recommend the local langoustines)